Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Intriguing Observations: Art In Writing

When this blog was first launched early last year, there were concerns about subject matter and finding an audience that would be interested in these ramblings. Over time, topics became more creative and more distinct, focusing on not just writing but all creative aspects. On the anniversary of the initial launch it only felt appropriate to gather together some of the greatest supporters and bloggers to provide their own Intriguing Observations on creative ventures and techniques.

Kicking off the Intriguing Observations Series this week is an outstanding supporter and wordsmith Amber Keller


When you read a book have you ever felt like you were in a scene? Maybe you could see what the character sees, feel their anxieties or fears, maybe even smell certain scents or hear a particular sound. This is what a writer strives for; to have their audience as lost in and passionate about their work as they are. In order to achieve this, several things must be taken into account.

This is also a way to incorporate art into writing.

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When you write a scene, place yourself in your characters head. What do they see? What do they hear or feel? What would they do? If you start with these questions, many times you can branch off into much deeper details in a natural progression. Like an artist with a canvas, the writer needs to convey emotions and meanings. Give the readers a real, visceral interpretation of the scene so that they can lose themselves in it.

Also much like a potters’ wheel, a writer starts with a crude idea and begins to mold it into the right words and phrases, building elements such as scene, characters, setting and plot. It is a work of passion, of sweat and tears, maybe even literally at times, but one that is not meant to show the work. It needs to seem flawless and fluid. The delicate balance is what we attempt to achieve.

Another way to assimilate art into writing is to use symbolism. This can be in the form of a repeated phrase or item throughout a story. Once the reader sees something repeated, it becomes significant and there will be a meaning bestowed upon it.

One example of a widely known artistic movement is Surrealism. There were works of literature being created at this time that are fundamentally considered a part of this movement. The method was to concentrate on undertones instead of the literal meaning. This can be a powerful tool in a writer’s toolbox.

After all that’s been previously discussed, there is one discernable truth that speaks to the totality. 

Writing itself is an art. 

Amber Keller is writer who delves into dark fiction, particularly horror and suspense/thrillers. Besides having finished two horror novels this past year, she has numerous short stories available on her blog, and is fortunate to be a part of two anthologies. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and also contributes to various websites and emagazines, including horror and science fiction movie reviews. When not at her laptop, she can be found looking for things that go bump in the night.

Amber's blog ~ Ramblings by Amber
Amber on Twitter ~ akeller9

The newest anthology that was just released is the Night Terrors II anthology and can be found here.


Michele Shaw said...

Great way to kick things off with my buddy Amber! Great post, A, and loooove the pic. Thank you for reminding everyone that writing is truly an art. Sometimes I don't think writers get the respect they deserve. But we all know it's hour upon hour of sweat (and possibly caffeine and sugar) to get our words into meaningful and artistic shape.

PW Creighton said...

Certainly Michele, Amber hits the nail on the proverbial head here and you too (with the caffeine/sugar). The new series gives me a bit more room to explore new images too… ;-)

Amber said...

Thanks so much Michele! It all came together when I thought of it is a parallel to creating, well, pretty much any facet of art. No doubt about the caffeine and sugar, whiskey, whatever your thing is. ;)

I look forward to reading the other posts. There's so much talent and ingenuity in the upcoming list of contributors.

And many thanks to Phil for this wonderful opportunity! I can't wait to read the NIGHTFALL series...

Amber said...

Oh, I meant to say that I love the Alice in Wonderland-esque pic. One can never have too many AIW references. ;)

PW Creighton said...

Great start Amber thanks for the kick off post and so true, seemed to embody your post perfectly… art in writing and writing in art ;-)

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